Bristol also has one of the longest established black communities in England. This was largely under the radar of white middle class Bristol until the St Paul's Riots of April 1980 when the black youth pushed back instead of being pushed around. Shocked they were, the middle class press at the time - it's not helping anybody if these chaps damage property; if they have grievance there are proper channels. 1980 was the year of the 1st pIRA hunger strike in The Maze. You may make what parallels you want.
Lots of people, not just in USA, are out and about affirming that Black Lives Matter BLM. Dau.I was bearing witness outside the US Embassy in Dublin yesterday afternoon. Given that black lives are disproportionately snuffed by Covid-19, there is perhaps no better time than to take to the streets. Slavery is no longer acceptable (except in some
bit of leverage to topple Edward Colston from his plinth. Not content with that, they carried the old rogue to the nearest harbour wall and dumped hissonour into the drink >!Ploosh!< Much joyous ironic and witty commentary on twitter and elsewhere. “He tripped and fell. We all saw it.” "Edward Colston is a dangerous agitator who was approaching the crowd aggressively with rope". Priti Patel, the British Minister of The Interior was shocked at the disorderly and lawless behavior. And she is not alone, and is it my imagination that the tsk!ers seem so full of misery and truculence compared to the carnival delight of the ploosh!ers? That so many people condemn the Colston Affair just goes to show that property rights vs personal rights settled down to the same old same old after they put out the fires in St Paul's 40 years ago. Then again, you might try to count the black faces in the toppling crowd - you'll only need one hand. If everyone goes home thinking that was a good afternoon's work then everyone should think again. You haven't begun to work through the changes necessary in yourself, in the tax system, in education, in the economy . . . to achieve a fair and equable society. In Ireland, we've freed the gays; got votes and personal uterine control for women; but we still allow Katie Taylor to assault another woman in public for money. And we still keep refugees in shamefully disempowering and wasteful Direct Provision for years.